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New Mexico TRIP report finds poor road and bridge conditions cost motorists $1.9 billion a year
A quarter of New Mexico's major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor condition and 16 percent of the bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, conditions that are costing motorists there $1.9 billion in vehicle operation costs, safety-related repairs and costs related to congestion, according to The Road Improvement Program's (TRIP) recent report.
February 5, 2016 – Equipment World

Missouri Republicans Push No-Tax Road Funding Plan
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports GOP leaders think recent changes in public assistance to low-income families will allow the state to generate up to $2 billion for road repair programs over the next 10 years.
February 4, 2016 – Construction Equipment

Indiana House passes plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and gas to pay for roads
The Indiana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would raise the tax on gas and cigarettes in order to bring in $500 million a year for transportation funding.
February 4, 2016 – Equipment World

Deere Urges Ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) today urged the U.S. Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying the trade agreement signed by 12 countries today is a much-needed step to boost the global economy.
February 4, 2016 – John Deere

Nebraska Legislature to Debate Weight Limit Exemption Bill
The Nebraska state legislature is taking up a bill that exempt several types of farm equipment from weight and load restrictions.
February 1, 2016 – Farm Equipment

CBO Report Shows Dramatic Highway Trust Fund Shortfall
In its first analysis of the Highway Trust Fund, following passage of the long-term highway & transit bill known as the FAST Act, the Congressional Budget Office reports that in fiscal year 2021 (the last year of the act's authorization) the trust fund balance will be zero and that the government will need $113 billion in additional revenue to maintain funding for the ensuing six years.
January 29, 2016 –

TRIP's Tennessee report finds 11 percent of urban roads in poor condition
The Road Improvement Program's (TRIP) recent condition report on Tennessee's roads and bridges finds 11 percent of the state's urban roads are in poor condition, while 14 percent of the bridges are functionally obsolete.
January 21, 2016 – Equipment World

AEM to Award $150,000 for Innovative Infrastructure Solutions
Be part of the solution! AEM launches competition to address $3.6 trillion infrastructure problem in America.
January 21, 2016 – Construction Equipment

SC Governor: Raise Gas Tax to Spend $345M Repairing Roads
Gov. Nikki Haley wants to start phasing in a 10 cent-a-gallon gas-tax increase and a huge cut to the state's income tax.
January 19, 2016 –

New Hampshire's 10-year transportation plan valued at $3.74 billion
Gov. Maggie Hassan has submitted to the New Hampshire House Public Works and Highways Committee a 10-year Transportation Improvement Plan spanning 2017-2026 that would spend $3.74 billion for road, bridge, rail, transit and airport projects and improvements.
January 18, 2016 – Equipment World

Georgia announces multi-year transportation project plan worth more than $12 billion
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), members of the general assembly and Governor Nathan Deal this week announced a long-term transportation project list valued at more than $12.2 billion dollars and spanning more than 10 years.
January 15, 2016 – Equipment World

Hawaii DOT to assess feasibility of road usage charging
Expected declines in fuel tax revenue at the state and federal levels have motivated Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) to explore mileage-based user fees, or road usage charges (RUC) as a possible funding source to ensure the future provision of the safe and efficient roadways that the public relies on.
January 15, 2016 – World Highways

California governor proposes annual vehicle fee to fund road construction
California needs more money for its aging roads and bridges, but with so many electric and hybrid vehicle drivers, the state isn't getting enough funding from fuel taxes to foot the bill. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a new plan to try to put more funds back in the transportation budget.
January 14, 2016 – Equipment World

House to vote to kill WOTUS rule
The House will vote next week on whether to kill the Obama administration's "waters of the United States" rule, as GOP leaders seek to make a case to voters for electing a Republican president.
January 7, 2016 – Agri-Pulse

$1.1T Federal Spending Bill Should Substantially Lift Construction
Construction activity will likely see a substantial lift in the coming months with enactment of the $1.14 trillion fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which increases spending for many federal construction programs and extends renewable energy tax credits for wind, solar and geothermal projects.
December 30, 2015 –

Reshoring trend of moving operations back to U.S. gains steam
More manufacturers are bringing production back to the U.S. in an effort to cut costs and move closer to customers, among other factors, a new Boston Consulting Group survey says.
December 11, 2015 – USA Today

Tax extenders going down to last minute again, GOP leader says
Congress is headed toward another last-minute, end-of-the-year renewal of expired tax breaks, with House leaders continuing to push for making some of them permanent.
November 30, 2015 – Agri-Pulse

Utah facing $7.3 billion shortfall for transportation projects, despite tax hike
The state of Utah is projecting a transportation project funding shortfall of approximately $7.3 billion for high-priority projects through 2040, despite the imminent increase in the state's gasoline tax as a result of the passage of Proposition 1.
November 20, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Most recent highway funding patch "the last," vows Shuster as bicameral conference gets underway
Lawmakers proclaimed that the latest and 36th-straight short-term highway patch would be the last as the bicameral conference committee met for the first time Wednesday.
November 19, 2015 – Equipment World

Michigan Governor to Sign Gas Tax Hike
Gov. Rick Snyder planned Tuesday to sign legislation calling for a long-term increase in Michigan road repair financing through budget earmarks and increased motorist fees and taxes.
November 10, 2015 –

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